About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Durham, NC 27705
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
The Washington Duke Inn Fairview Dining ...
The Washington Duke Inn Fairview Dining Restaurant has become a favorite quiet date night destination for us. Love the ambiance and when there's piano music. Great food - a nice treat! Wonderful, attentive service.
Everything was excellent as usual but th ...
Everything was excellent as usual but the head waiter 'hovered' too much. He was constantly walking by our table, looking, moving into see if all was ok, etc. Was actually a bit annoying. We felt 'rushed' even though it was not crowded at all.
While the service is not quite as finely ...
While the service is not quite as finely tuned as past visits, the food remains excellent. The selection is broad from meats to poultry, seafood and vegan. The bison was s highlight/ perfectly cooked, tender and plated with amazingly tasty Brussel sprouts. The bar does a fine job of highlighting some excellent cocktails, wines and beers.
The atmosphere at the Fairview was great ...
The atmosphere at the Fairview was great. Being in a nice hotel, there was much better ambience overall than a restaurant within a strip-mall. They also still had all their tasteful Christmas decorations up through out the lobby and dining room. The food was also very good and they had nice selection of wine by the glass, beer on tap (and a full bar for any mixed drinks). Not sure why it never occurred to us to eat here previously before a movie/theater show in Durham - but we will definitely be back. We ended up here this particular evening because are standard favorite place had closed down (Four Square). This may be the new default for us for pre-show dinners.
Fairview has usually been a superb exper ...
Fairview has usually been a superb experience. However, on New Year's Eve when I was hosting dear friends who are quite knowledgeable about cuisine and wine, our service and hence most of the evening was a huge disappointment. Champagne was not served when requested and both the amuse bouche and appetizer arrived before the beverage. Courses were not hot and pepper that was promised never arrived. After several comments, things improved somewhat, although the attitude of the primary server did not. He blamed others, and then was clearly inauthentic in his quasi-apologies.
Given the choices we could have had for that evening, I regret that Fairview could not live up to its usual high standards.
Delicious food! Romantic atmosphere. Liv ...
Delicious food! Romantic atmosphere. Live piano music was really nice. It was New Years Eve and my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal before going to see Cinderella. A little too pricey to be a regular spot for us but definitely a great location for a special occasion!
As usual, my wife and I enjoyed our brun ...
As usual, my wife and I enjoyed our brunch at the Fairview. The atmosphere and service were both great, but I was disappointed in the fried chicken with waffles as the chicken was way too dry! Maybe dark meat would be a better choice for this meal?
Today's lunch at the Fairview was my fir ...
Today's lunch at the Fairview was my first disappointment at this establishment. Not only was the black bean burger totally unmanageable as a "burger," it completely lacked any flavor. I had expected the mole barbeque sauce and the jalapeno jelly to be an interesting combination, but I have to wonder if the chef forgot to put it on mine as it was tasteless. I realize I declined the red onion, but I expected more than a few mashed black beans on a bun. It was curious that our service was unusually slow as well--we watched diners who were seated after us be served well before us. And, we had to point out to the staff that we were still waiting for our food.
As always, the atmosphere made the occasion and I enjoyed visiting with my family. I will give the Fairview another chance, but I would warn other diners the black bean burger is bland and tasteless and not the "AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated" as their food is advertised .
We have been to the Fairview on Christma ...
We have been to the Fairview on Christmas for their extragavanza buffet. Pricey but so nice if you don't want to cook. But this was our first visit for their weekend brunch which also is pricey but offers an array of entrees and includes an appetizer and dessert table (really terrific!) The food was delicious and service superior. A great place for a special treat.
Brunch with my partner. He had never eat ...
Brunch with my partner. He had never eaten there before and was quite impressed. Food was very good...my only suggestion is with the eggs Florentine DO NOT use the honey sweet English muffins! Use regular English muffins...way too sweet for this dish. I ask the waiter if it was a regular English muffin and he said yes, then it was the honey one...I should have sent it back! Otherwise it was very good.
We enjoy the beauty and formality of thi ...
We enjoy the beauty and formality of this lovely dining room, and that is not to say that it is stuffy - it's not. It is just so nice to have a wonderful lunch in a well appointed atmosphere with modern food choices. The place has character and the menu has substance plus a wine list that shows time was taken to select.
Had the special 3 course early dinner me ...
Had the special 3 course early dinner menu and was very impressed with the flavor profiles of each dish. As an added surprise they provided a pre-appetizer in the form of a morsel of smoked scallop with some salmon roe. After dessert was also a raspberry gel cube that was very tasty.
Perfect service in a very high class Inn.
Couldn't ask for more...beautiful Christmas decorations as well!
This restaurant is quite a surprise. Fo ...
This restaurant is quite a surprise. For a "hotel" restaurant, it is amazingly creative and always extremely tasty. Even clients from the "big cities" are impressed with how well-prepared and flavorful every dish was.
Reservations were easy. The service was ...
Reservations were easy. The service was prompt, courteous, and very helpful. I believe the waiter’s name was Diego. Our party of four had a very relaxed and pleasurable time. I will return as this place is on my list for special celebrations/gatherings..
The exotic and ostentatious descriptions ...
The exotic and ostentatious descriptions of the entrees sets the diner up for disappointment. Two different entrees equally inedible. Stick to the appetizers and desserts - far safer bets.
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